Narrative Essay About Job Interview

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Many people feel a combination of emotions when called for a job interview. Initial excitement followed by a sense of fear that is difficult to shake, the sense of lack of control is the main cause of the fear. When we are unable to foresee what will happen we feel that failure is possible. In truth, we are in control, and with proper preparation all job interviews, including the obtaining of one, can be successful. Our work starts long before the interview even before we review a job listing. Our resume is the key to gaining access to any position. Having a prepared resume and cover letter on file at all times makes responding to a job listing easy. Once it is properly formatted and proofread very little needs to be done in preparation for …show more content…
First impressions are profound in this process. Next to a firm handshake your attire is the most important part of your first impression. A rule of thumb is to dress one pay grade above your desired position. For example, as a Medical Assistant I wear scrubs to work daily. However, for a job interview I would dress in business professional attire. On some occasions I have worn scrubs to an interview due to the appointment being during my normal working hours. In this case, when setting the appointment I indicated to the interviewer that I would be wearing scrubs and why. I have always found that interviewers understand this. Whenever possible wearing professional clothing is ideal. When deciding what to wear, the guidelines are simple: dark colors, cover as much body area as possible, avoid heavy scents/make up/jewelry, be neat and clean. Of course you will not wear a turtleneck in August. In warmer weather it is important to remember that high collared shirts with sleeves are appropriate. However, if you have body modifications they should be covered. Following these simple guidelines will not only ensure you are dressed appropriately, it will boost confidence, which will shine in your …show more content…
Yesterday you visited the company’s website to familiarize yourself with its history and drove by the building to ensure you would time your arrival properly. You printed out a copy of your cover letter and resume on heavyweight paper to provide the interviewer if needed. Now you are sitting in a reception area for your interviewer to arrive. As she calls your name, you stand with poise, smile, look into her eyes and extend your hand for a firm handshake and say, “Hello, thank you so much for meeting with me.” A strong greeting makes a profound first impression. Once you are in the interview keep answers brief and relevant. It is wise to research commonly used interview questions, and have answers prepared. However, be sure your answers are natural. Sounding recited can tell someone you are not comfortable. The last and most important piece is to connect with your interviewer. Look around her work space for something that stands out: a sports team logo, pictures of children, or a piece of art. Complement it and relate it to yourself. This exercise relaxes the interviewer and will leave a thumb print of you in their mind. Job interviews do not have to be intimidating. Being a strong candidate is shown in the way you present yourself. Preparation builds confidence and takes back that feeling of control. While you cannot predict everything that may happen, by using these techniques you can greatly increase your

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